Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the cost of what you write, part of Creating a Short Film: 02 Writing.
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- When writers write plays, or books,…songs, poems, there's not really that much of an impact…to the cost of the piece as they add more material.…And sometimes new screenwriters…approach screenplays like this.…But, it's crucial to understand that every word,…and every scene, and every prop, and scenario…that you're writing will cost money to make.…So, one of the most foundational tenets of screenwriting…is to be as economical as possible.…As a general rule, every page of your script…will translate to about one minute of screen time.…
That means that if you had just a couple of pages…of your script that were just kind of fun,…maybe didn't really contribute to the story,…that's gonna be two pages that have to get filmed,…including all the attendant production costs.…You'll have to hire cast, crew, locations,…and then all of those two pages have to be edited,…and it has to be colored, scored with music,…sound designed, and so forth.…So, every word you write will cost money.…Every scene, every page you write,…is essentially asking directors and producers…
. Make sure to watch the first installment to learn about the background of the project and to get an overview of the role of the producer. Watch the follow-up episodes to learn more about pre-production, directing, working with actors, editing and visual effects, and everything else that goes into filmmaking. This is a one-of-a-kind educational experience you won't find anywhere else.
- Finding your story
- Building a character arc
- Identifying story beats
- Borrowing from archetypes
- Writing a fantasy film
- Using screenwriting software such as Final Draft and Adobe Story
- Polishing the script
- Understanding screenplay formatting
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Productionwith Chad Perkins2h 13m Appropriate for all
Creating a Short Film: 04 Working with Actorswith Chad Perkins1h 49m Appropriate for all
1. Story Basics
2. Getting Ideas
3. Creating a Fantasy World
4. Writing the Story
5. Writing the Screenplay
6. Improving the Script
7. Rewriting the Script
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